"A Rose by any other name"....I have always found the process of naming my pets to be simultaneously a challenge, a worry and a fun brainstorming session.
It always goes like this:
The hubby and I sit down on the couch and throw out names. This is a process that takes hours, if not days. We both toss out names, each has the right to say no to the other's suggestions and we settle onh the short list before making the final selection. For us, the names generally come from songs. See, we like to have all of our dogs to have their own song. Maggie has Maggie's Farm (Dylan). Suzy was Suzy Greenberg (Phish) (though our friends named her, not us). Sadie came to us already as Sadie so the closest we have come to her own song is Sexy Sadie (Beatles), which I personally hate so can someone please record a better Sadie song?? Kthx.
The other night when we started out the naming process, we started with our old standby - music. But the brain-storming session quickly moved to TV and movie characters, the new MLS team here in Portland and other randoms. Ultimately, Hugo/Hurley just fit (Lost, anyone?). His official name is Hurley 'cause who gives their dog two names but I will likely call him both. When the hubbie started throwing out Desmond and Jack, I just said, if we're going with Lost, he's gotta be Hurley/Hugo. Doesn't he look like a Hurley/Hugo?
Here, in all of its glory, is the "short list".
Rutherford the Brave
Now comes the real challenge...finding a Hurley/Hugo song so that he's got his own song too.
What are your dog-naming traditions?